Mar 16, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; Vancouver Canucks goalieEddie Lack
(31) makes a save on a shot by Florida Panthers centerBrandon Pirri
(73) during the shootout at BB&T Center. The Vancouver Canucks won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
March Madness does not only pertain to the NCAA tournament. The NHL is in the midst of its own March Madness. Several teams are in the running for the eighth seeds in the East and West, while top teams are vying for home ice advantage.
Our two teams that are up: San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins. Our two teams that are down are the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators.
Now onto to the rankings:
30. The Buffalo Sabres 20-42-8: The Buffalo Sabres are just playing out a string. The draft and the development of their prospects are the keys to their future. Prospect JT Compher was named Big Ten Freshman of the year. He had 31 points in 34 games.
29: Edmonton Oilers 25-38-9: The Oilers much like the Sabres are looking toward the future. Prospects Tyler Pitlick who was called up last week, has 22 points in 38 games this season in the AHL. Their AHL coach Todd Nelson said Pitlick will not be the AHL, he is NHL ready.
28. Florida Panthers 26-37-8: General Manager Dale Talon acquired Brandon Pirri from Chicago. Dale had drafted Pirri as a member of the Blackhawks. As of Friday, Pirri has three goals and four assists with the Panthers in eight games. If the Panthers hope to contend in years to come, Pirri must live up to his potential.
27. Vancouver Canucks 32-30-10: The Canucks have been surging recently but it is too little too late. The Canucks were done a few weeks ago, but then Alex Burrows sprung to life and rookie Nicklas Jensen joined the team. Despite their resurgence, the Canucks are still DONE.
26. Calgary Flames 29-35-7: The Flames star Mike Cammalleri continues to produce points despite their poor record. The Flames are desperate to resign Cammalleri. The Flames are just playing out their season.
25: New York Islanders 26-35-9: Despite the poor team season, Kyle Okposo continues to produce numbers. Kyle was named second star of the week for last week. He had 1 goal and 6 assists last week. The Islanders will be counting on prospects over the next few years, some names to watch are Jake Bischoff and Taylor Cammarata.